Kristin Ahlgren Appointed Head Field Hockey Coach
Kristin Ahlgren, who has served as a member of Mercersburg’s English faculty and as the school’s head girls’ varsity lacrosse coach since the 2017-2018 school year, will add the duties of head field hockey coach to her responsibilities beginning in fall 2020. She succeeds Doonie Brewer, who is stepping away from coaching but is continuing as a full member of the school’s English faculty and as a dormitory dean.
Ahlgren has served as head field hockey coach for a total of eight seasons at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, MI, and at Heritage Hall School in Oklahoma City; in addition to three seasons as an assistant field hockey coach at Mercersburg alongside Brewer, she has also been an assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach at Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH, and head junior varsity field hockey coach at Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. Ahlgren has extensive experience in coaching and leadership positions at the club level, including work as a coach for the U.S. Field Hockey Association’s Futures Field Hockey Program and as a selector for the USFHA Futures Midwest Team.
“Kristin brings extensive experience to this position, along with a track record of success,” says Rick Hendrickson, Mercersburg’s director of athletics. “I have every confidence that she will step into this role and move our program forward in good ways.
“I want to thank Doonie Brewer for her leadership of our field hockey program over the last three seasons. Our success on the field was secondary to the impact that she had on the lives of young people.”
Ahlgren played field hockey and lacrosse at Gettysburg College, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Her daughter Jill ’19 is playing field hockey and lacrosse as a freshman at Gettysburg, and her two youngest children, Jake ’21 and Bridget ’22, currently attend Mercersburg.